Southern Ham Biscuits Recipe


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These Southern ham biscuits are perfect when entertaining or serving for brunch. The best ham biscuit has a delicious spread to enhance the flavors of the biscuit and the salty meat.

Ham biscuits have graced Southern tables for generations. They make the perfect party fare when entertaining and are just as delicious for serving at a family brunch.

Southern ham biscuit with salty ham and honey butter spread.
Southern ham biscuits made with buttermilk biscuits, baked ham, and honey butter.

How to Make Southern Ham Biscuits

Southern ham biscuits have three major components:

  1. Biscuit
  2. Ham
  3. Spread

Ham Biscuit Options

You can easily customize this recipe based on how you plan to serve them.

Pick the biscuit: Use your favorite biscuit recipe as the base. I prefer my easy buttermilk biscuit recipe, cream biscuits, or cheddar biscuits, depending on the ham I’ll be using.

Scale the size: Make them smaller if you plan to serve them as appetizers. Make them larger if you’d like to serve them as breakfast sandwiches or afternoon sliders.

Select the ham: Stuff them with slightly sweet sliced honey-baked ham, thick-cut country ham for a saltier bite, or even shaved deli ham for an easy option.

Swap the spread: Use any spread options you desire, or serve your ham biscuits with an assortment of spreads on the side to allow your guests to choose their own!

Southern ham biscuits with pepper jelly on a white platter.
Southern Ham Biscuit made with cheddar biscuits, shaved ham, and pepper jelly.

Southern Ham Biscuit Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

Biscuits – For the photographs for this recipe, I made cheddar biscuits and used self-rising flour, buttermilk, butter, and cheddar cheese.

Ham – Use your choice of ham as discussed.

Spread – Use your choice of spread.

Recipe Variation Ideas

Here are three easy variations of these delicious ham biscuits that I turn to time and again.

Cheddar Ham Biscuits with Pepper Jelly Spread

  1. Biscuits: Cheddar Biscuits
  2. Ham: Shaved Deli Ham
  3. Spread: Pepper Jelly, Homemade Hot Honey , Poppy Seed Spread

Country Ham Biscuits

  1. Biscuits: Cream Biscuits
  2. Ham: Country Ham
  3. Spread: Honey Butter

Honey Glazed Ham Biscuits

  1. Biscuits: Three Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits
  2. Ham: Honey Glazed Baked Ham
  3. Spread: Honey Mustard, Pimento Cheese, or Honey Butter


Cheddar biscuit dough dropped with scoop onto baking sheet.
Cheddar biscuits being made as drop biscuits for Southern ham biscuits.

Make the biscuits. Make the biscuit dough according to the recipe directions. Drop the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet using a portion scoop for the size desired for your biscuits. Use a large scoop for sandwich size and a medium cookie scoop for appetizer size. Alternatively, you can roll out the biscuit dough on a lightly floured surface and cut using a biscuit cutter. Bake according to the recipe directions.

Tray of Southern Ham Biscuits.
Buttermilk biscuits with baked ham and honey butter spread.

Assemble the Southern ham biscuits. Split the biscuits in half by inserting the tines of the fork into the center of the biscuit. Carefully break apart the biscuit and place the top half to the side. Layer your choice of ham onto the bottom half of the biscuit. Spread your choice of spread onto the inside of the top half of the biscuit. Place the top half back onto the biscuit and repeat until all biscuits have been assembled.

If needed, insert an appetizer or cocktail pick through the top of the biscuit to secure them for serving. Alternatively, stuff the split biscuits with the ham and place an assortment of spreads into serving bowls beside the platter of ham biscuits for everyone to use their spread of choice.

Photo of southern ham biscuit on a white platter.

Here’s my Southern Ham Biscuits recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Southern Ham Biscuits

5 from 1 vote
These Southern ham biscuits are perfect as appetizers when entertaining or serving for brunch. The best ham biscuit has a delicious spread to enhance the flavors of the biscuit and the salty meat.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12



Biscuit Options

Ham Options

  • 1 pound Baked ham, sliced and cut into biscuit-sized pieces
  • 1 pound Country ham, recommend traditional Virginia country ham
  • 1 pound shaved deli ham

Spread Options

Poppy Seed Spread (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion, or 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  • Prep. Preheat oven to 475º F. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  • Make the biscuits. Prepare biscuits according to recipe directions. Scoop the biscuit dough with a portion scoop based on the desired size (medium cookie scoop for appetizers or 2 1/2" scoop for larger size). Or roll the dough and cut with biscuit cutters for the desired size. Place onto prepped baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions. Remove and split open with the tines of a fork.
  • Assemble the ham biscuits. Place ham onto the bottom half of the biscuit and spread the top half with your spread of choice. Return the top half of the biscuit to the top of the ham. Secure with a toothpick or skewer if needed for serving.
  • Alternatively, serve various spreads in bowls alongside the platter of biscuits

Poppy Seed Spread (Optional)

  • Mix together the melted butter, poppy seeds, grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard until all are well combined.

Honey Butter Spread (Optional)

  • Mix together until smooth and creamy.




Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

Originally published in 2010.

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  1. Ya says:

    I just found your site and looks amazing and easy. I have downloaded so many of your recipes and will be trying out soon. Shall let you know the outcome!

  2. Aggie says:

    I love this little spread Robyn…I’m totally busting these out at a get together. And that poppy seed spread sounds delish. 🙂

  3. Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} says:

    I am a midwestern girl by birth, but have always had a heart for the south. Especially when it comes to food! This is a great recipe. I just bookmarked it to make soon!

  4. Alison Moore Smith says:

    Yum. Of course pretty much anything is good with a biscuit. Except gravy. These look great.

  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says:

    These sound amazing! Hope you a happy holiday!!

  6. Shaina says:

    I like the poppy seed mustard dressing addition. Sounds fantastic!

  7. Amy | She Wears Many Hats says:

    Oh yeah! A delicious southern fave around here, and that poppy seed spread is some good stuff.

  8. Kristen says:

    What a delicious idea to feed a larger group!

  9. Amanda says:

    Wow. I had no idea I was craving these until I saw yours… BRILLIANT!! Loving how easy yet delicious these are… you are the best!